Thursday, October 6, 2016

Living on the Edge

Fore-edge, that is. These tiny treasures are in fact painted on the edges of books. Examples of this art form date to the 11th century and reached their height of popularity in the 19th and 20th century England. Visit AtlasObscura to learn more and view more examples of these mini masterpieces.

A chess scene from the side of Analysis of The Game of Chess (1790)

Matches, Mackerel, Scissors on the side of The Poems of William Cowper

The Last Supper on the edge of The Holy Bible